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Novel Covid-19, What is Going on Now?

During all of the uncertainty going on in the world, a quick recap of recent news over the pandemic is deemed necessary. Cory Harow, a doctor, is entrusting medical professionals to come up with a cure. The info given in the news or on social media can sometimes be overwhelming. The best info and protocols to follow through this pandemic come from medical databases or other sources like the CDC where the public safety is the main interest. Most news reports or media outlets seem to run off of a fear tactic that try to instill fear in the public. Although it is a frightening time, one should not be given news with such a negative cognitive because it is causing the public to go into survival mode instead of just taking the right precautions and staying at home. This world wide pandemic has seemingly increased as the winter season begins to roll in. With it, there have came a few new laws and regulations that have recently gone into effect in an attempt to stop the COVID curve. A curfew has been in effect for regions that are in purple tier for about a week now. This curfew only allows essential workers to be out between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Another regulation targets travelers, it is now suggested that one quarantines for fourteen days at the trip destination before flying back. Even then one will need to quarantine another fourteen days to make sure there was no contamination during the trip or on the flight. The next step to insure that there are less cases is a modified lockdown. Intensive care unit centers have gotten incredibly saturated and only have a seventeen percent availability rate. If this number drops down to only fifteen percent available, the lockdown will go into full effect for three weeks. This means that any establishment not seen as essential will need to shut down with the exception of grocery stores. For the publics’ safety, any sort of social gathering is prohibited regardless of the amount of people. The lockdown is projected to start in the coming week seeing that patients have been falling ill after the Thanksgiving holiday. Amidst all this uncertainty, there has been talk of a second stimulus relief check which will aide a lot more people this time around, but the distribution date is still to be debated. With an upcoming lockdown, a stimulus check or even unemployment checks will be needed once again. An upside to this unfortunate virus is that a vaccine has finally submerged and has had positive results in combat with COVID-19. They will be targeting patients in the ICU centers with the new vaccine before it is actually made available for the public.It is, however, unsure when they will start administering this vaccine. The best the nation can do is to take precaution and stay safe. According to Cory Harow taking measures like staying home, wearing a mask, and washing hands seems like common sense but it will be the difference between self safety and that of others from ending in the ICU.            

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